How to save Bhut Jolokia peppers seeds

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I was lucky enough to win some Bhut Jolokia pepper seeds from Red Icculus.  In case you haven’t heard of these they are the hottest peppers on earth having a heat rating of over 1 million scoville units.  Just to put that into comparison jalapenos are around 5000 scoville units.  One property of this pepper is the way the heat builds after consumption, on first bite it is spicy but takes a few seconds until you really feel the burn which is where it gets the name “ghost pepper.”
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Now when dealing with these peppers I recommend using extreme caution I have some pain in my nose hours later just from breathing around these things so vinyl gloves and possibly even a mask would be recommended.
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Once you have the safety precautions in place the process is actually very simple.  Just break them up and pick the seeds up and store in a homemade seed packet.  Now eating the pepper whole is not a challenge I want to take though saving the dried pepper flakes and adding a pinch so some chili might be up my alley.  Though if you want to watch some people in pain taking see these videos of people taking the Bhut Jolokia pepper challenge on YouTube.  Here is my favorite and my inspiration to not take the challenge.

I am planning on trying to grow one of these using my new hydroponic setup, well at least once I get around to building…so stay tuned.

6 Responses to “How to save Bhut Jolokia peppers seeds”

  1. Red Icculus Says:

    Glad you got the peppers ok. These seeds take a bit to germinate, so be patient. I would love to see a writeup about the hydro system- type, nutrients, light setup, etc.


  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    I will definitely do a write up once I get my hydroponic system setup. Right now I am leaning towards an Ebb and Flow system due to the simplicity and the fact I can do it pretty cheaply. I have thought about your recirculating shallow water culture as another option. I want to include to my computerized grow box though provides the challenge of having a large enough reservoir while not taking up the whole grow box :)


  3. Red Icculus Says:

    Ebb and flow is definitely cheap. You can buy a plumbing kit for $10 from the hydro store, or make your own if you can find an image of them.For nutrients, I recommend General Hydroponics FloraNova or MaxiBloom. Both are cheap and will prevent pH headaches because they are buffered.


  4. nes mattress topper Says:

    This is the first time I have heard about Bhut Jolokia pepper seeds. I can’t imagine how hot it is. I can’t even eat the usually used chili. I also wanna know about the hydro system- type.


  5. Bhut Jolokia Lover Says:

    I have gotten in these Bhut Jolokia peppers that were still fresh and they are screaming hot too! One thing they don’t say above is do not touch your face if you are handling peppers and for sure do not touch your self anywhere if you are handling the Bhut. I found mine here and they have Purple Bhut Jolokia too.

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